Earth Observation Australia (EOA) is urging interested parties from across the community to join their network, participate in community meetings, and have their say about current Australian issues in Earth Observation (EO).
EOA Steering Committee Chair, Professor Stuart Phinn said the group was established in 2013 as an inclusive and collaborative platform to improve access to, and use of, earth observation data for Australia’s benefit.
“When people think of a space program, they usually think of space exploration and functions relating to astronomy – rather than Earth Observation, which actually represents the majority of Australia’s current and future private, government and defence investment in the space economy,” Professor Phinn said.
“Yet Earth Observation is a key issue for all Australians as it underpins so many functions that are critical for our everyday lives. From forecasting weather, defence intelligence, helping farmers to understand and improve agricultural productivity, assisting government agencies to monitor the environment and compliance with legislation – through to helping everyday people navigate using their mobile phones, and much, much more.”
To develop the essential EO services and activities upon which Australia depends, EOA consulted nationally with representatives across government, industry, research, education and the not-for-profit sectors to develop The Australian Earth Observation Community Plan 2026.
The 10 year, community-driven strategic plan, outlines five priority areas of action:
- Connection and Coordination — establishing a consistent vision within the Australian Earth Observation community, and delivering processes for internal coordination to ensure effective collaboration, resource use, and advocacy for Earth Observation in Australia and internationally.
- Securing Australia’s Role in the International Earth Observation Community — Australia must be an essential component of the international Earth Observation capability, delivering benefits to the international community and securing our access to and involvement in international Earth Observation programmes.
- Infrastructure and People — developing, supporting and sustaining a wealth of trained professionals and quality infrastructure to enable world-leading Earth Observation research, innovation and application development.
- Access to Earth Observation Data and Services — ensuring all Australian Earth Observation producers and users can easily and reliably access the data and services they need.
- Generating Value — strengthening end-user engagement to enable delivery of high quality Earth Observation products and services suited to user needs, and supporting commercial development of Earth Observation applications.
EOA has just over 400 members already and encourages more people to participate in the group across the up and down-stream space sectors.
Membership is free, but those who don’t wish to become a member can still be involved in EOA’s whole of community meetings – held via webinar several times a year - or through various studies or other activities.